Cinema Therapy – Support and Meaning

Searching for Meaning

About a Boy (2002):
American Beauty (1999)
The Apostel (1997)
Being There (1979)
Cider House Rules (1999)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Groundhog Day (1993)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Short Cuts (1993)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2002)
The Truman Show (1998)
The Visitor (2007)

Spirituality

Bee Season (2005) 
City of Angels (1998) 
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Malcom X (1992) 
Powder (1995)
Resurrection (1980) 
The Third Miracle (2000) 
What the #$*! Do We Know!? (2004)
Wings of Desire (1987, German with English subtitles)

Transformation and Renewal

The Full Monty (1997)
Good Will Hunting (1997) 
Groundhog Day (1993) 
Lantana (2001)
Lost in Translation (2003) 
Magnolia (1999) 
Pieces of April (2003) 
Ruby in Paradise (1993) 
Schindler’s List (1993, emotionally challenging) 
Something Gotta Give (2003) 
The Station Agent (2003)

Support Groups and Friendships

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
The Big Chill (1983)
Circle of Friends (1995)
City Slickers (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)
Peter’s Friends (1992)
Star Wars (1977 – 2002)
Steel Magnolias (1989)

Role Models

Apollo 13 (1995)
The Chorus (2004, in French)
Erin Brockovich (2000): for info and video clips 
Field of Dreams (1989): for info / to buy
Finding Forrester (2000): for info and video clips 
Gandhi (1982): for info and video clips 
Places in the Heart (1984): for info 
Ruby in Paradise (1993): for info and video clips 
Rudy (1993): for info and video clips

Personal Courage

Babe (1995)
Braveheart (1995, emotionally challenging)
Chariots of Fire
Courage Under Fire (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Door to Door (2002)
Do the Right Thing
Endurance (1999)
Field of Dreams
Forrest Gump
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Gandhi (1982)
Gattaca (1997)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Gravity (2013)
The Insider (1999)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Julia (1977)
Contender, The (2000)
Diary of Anne Frank, The (1959)
Gladiator, The (2000)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Little Big Man (1970)
Mask (1985)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The Monuments Men, The (2013)
Norma Rae (1979)
Out of Rosenheim (Baghdad Café) (1988)
Open Range (2003)
Philomena (2013)
Places in the Heart (1984)for more info 
Ruby in Paradise (1993)for info and video clips
Rudy (1993)for info and video clips 
Saving Private Ryan (199, emotionally challenging)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995, TV)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Silkwood (1983)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Town Like Alice, A (1981)
Untouchables, The (1987)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

Philosophical Issues and Questions

Reality As Illusion (Maya)

Brazil (1985)
Dark City (1998)
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)
The Island (2005)
The Matrix (1999)
The Truman Show (1998)
Vanilla Sky (2001)

Alternate-reality

Being John Malkovich (1999)
The Family Man (2000)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Pleasantville (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Stay (2005)

Magic is Real

Field of Dreams (1989)
Magnolia (1999)
Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

 

 

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